Fronts comeback falls short in 5-3 loss to Generals
After getting back into the win column on Sunday in North Bay, Kingston headed to Oshawa looking to make it a winning streak. The Frontenacs have had the upper hand all season against the Generals having won five of the six head to head games going into Wednesday night, but Oshawa had been playing good hockey recently winning seven of their last ten games. Kingston was nearly locked into the third seed before the game began, but Oshawa was desperate for two points as they were in a dogfight with three other teams for home ice advantage in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Frontenacs dominated puck possession in the opening minutes of the game. They had trouble turning offensive zone time into shots on goal early on but spent most of the time in the Generals zone. It was the Generals who opened the scoring though. Serron Noel beat Jeremy Helvig at 8:59 to put Oshawa ahead. As the period moved on, Kingston continued to play well but it looked like the Generals would take a lead into intermission. That changed when Gabe Vilardi was hooked by Renars Krastenbergs in the final minute. The deadly Kingston power play went to work and only needed 0:17 to tie the game. Jason Robertson just narrowly missed goal 100 of his career when he hit the post, but Vilardi was right there to put the rebound by Kyle Keyser to tie the game. After the first period, Kingston and Oshawa were tied 1-1 despite the Frontenacs looking like the stronger team.
Oshawa evened up the puck possession time in the second period, and in fact, may have had the advantage thanks to a couple power plays in the middle of the period. They also took the lead back when Jack Studnicka won a puck race and slid the puck between Helvig’s legs early in the period. Kingston couldn’t find the tying goal like they did in the opening period, but they did do a solid job of killing off some penalties. Disaster struck late in the period when Renars Krastenbergs threw a puck towards the net from behind the goal line and it bounced awkwardly between the legs of Helvig to extend the Generals lead to 3-1. The Frontenacs were given another last-minute power play but didn’t capitalize as quickly and the Generals took the 3-1 lead into the intermission.
The penalty time that carried over proved to be important for Kingston. Goal 100 that eluded Jason Robertson earlier in the game, came just 0:21 into the third period to bring Kingston back within a goal. Kingston continued to push for the tie, but the bounces were going the Generals way in this game. The puck was dumped into the Kingston zone from centre ice and took a big bounce off the Zamboni door. Domenico Commisso picked up the loose puck and squeezed it through Jeremy Helvig to restore the two-goal lead. The Frontenacs attack intensified as they attempted to claw back into the game. They cut the lead in half on a Tyler Burnie goal with 3:00 remaining to make the score 4-3. Jeremy Helvig went to the bench for the extra attacker in the final minutes. With the net empty, Matt Brassard shot the puck down the ice from his own goal line and hit the empty net to seal the game for Oshawa. The Generals got just their second win of the season against Kingston with a 5-3 victory.
Sean Day was the best player for Kingston as he recorded an assist on all three Kingston goals. Jason Robertson scored his 100th career goal becoming the 16th player in franchise history to hit triple digits.
The Frontenacs return home on Friday night for the first game of a home and home with the Ottawa 67’s. Game time is 7 PM at the Rogers K-Rock Centre.